The special exhibition entitled « Performance Now » organized by Infr'Action - Festival International d'Art Performance in collaboration with Open Space gallery, and the Swedish performance art festival Live Action at the Stockholm Art Fair from February 7-11 in 2007, was a great success. Invited to create the exhibition by the art fair, the organisation of the exhibition and the performance events was accomplished in a very short time span and much appreciated by an interested audience not always familiar with performance art.
Most of the Swedish media was present and the event was presented on national broadcasting news of the SVT1, SVT2 and the Channel 4. Swedish radio, SR, covered the event extensively. Moreover, during the inauguration the Swedish Minister of Culture Mrs. Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, was present and spoke for some time with the artists of "Performance Now".
Nadia Capitaine. Couscous therapy. Performance Now. Stockholm 2007.
The 3000 visitors and the 65 journalists present during the opening of the art fair were able to appreciate more than 60 works by the 9 artists invited to exhibit on the 270 m2 surface dedicated to the special show. Totally some 20 000 visitors were present during the five days of the Stockholm Art Fair.
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Performance Art Now saw the participation of the legendary Swedish/Norwegian performance artist Kjartan Slettemark. Who surprised everybody with an astonishing performance work which was qualified as historic by the initiated contemporary art audience.
Kjartan Slettemark & Pekka Kainulainen. Performance Now. Stockholm 2007.
Beside the exhibition, three evenings with performance art was organised by Infr'Action and Open Space in cooperation with Live Action, Niklas Belenius gallery, the Polish institute and the Finnish institute.
The program of this event Performance Art After presented some 22 international artists like the polish Jan Swidzinski, Artur Tajber, Artur Grabowski, the Finnish Jouni Partanen, Erkki Pirtola, Vesa Lahtinen and Pekka Kainulainen as well as the Dutch Maurice Blok, the American John Duncan and the Swedes Leif Elggren, Joakim Stampe, Dror Feiler, Sewilius Berg and the Norwegian Stein Henningsen. But also the French artists from Languedoc-Roussillon, Antoine Rousselle, Benjamin & Stéphane Carbonne, and Antonio Rodriguez-Yuste.